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There are so many different ways to step in and get involved...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 26, 2018 12:38

Don't have much time to join our volunteer team as a coordinator? No problem. While we are looking for the right people to fill those important roles, we also thrive from the additional support we receive through various ways that don't require year-round commitment.

#1 Follow us on Social Media 
We mean actually following the page and sharing our posts and engaging with them (liking and commenting). This keeps us relevant in the feed and raises awareness of our successes and programs. Maybe you'll be the connection between us and a new sponsor or volunteer? Who knows?

Find us on Facebook & Instagram

#2 Join our Helping Hands list
This is a casual volunteer opportunity and the commitment is when you choose it to be! Those on our Helping Hands list receive emails when we are seeking help. Those who can, sign up; those who cannot, continue with their day as if nothing happened. No stress! Options range from Glass Slipper event help to Dress Appointment support. Email us with your contact information if you're interested! Contact us to put your name and email on this list.

#3 Coming Forward with a Special Skill You'd Like to Contribute
Do you enjoy sewing? There are plenty of small sewing jobs on dresses that range from beginner to expert. We have sewing supplies here so you can just come on in during our office hours and repair some dresses! Other ideas are running errands for us such as picking up donations from our donation partners, or coming forward with a fundraising idea!

#4 Attend an Event (and Bring All Your Friends)
As a small nonprofit organization doing big things in our community, we really rely on support from all angles. We do our own fundraising throughout the year, and would love to have you attend one of our many amazing events throughout the year (hint: Save the Date for April 10th - Glass Slipper Benefit).

#5 Join our Core Volunteer Team
Okay - so we have to add this option in just in case! Are you ready to jump in and be a part of the decision-making and direct impact? Check out our volunteer positions currently open by clicking here. Being a part of the core team provides so much benefit such as a new perspective, practicing real interpersonal and professional skills, enhancing your creative brainstorming, and seeing your ideas come to life because we can!

We are always happy to help and answer your questions, so contact us!

7 Reflections on Being a Real-Life Fairy Godmother...

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 18, 2018 16:00

As we come to the peak of our 2018 graduation season and look forward to supporting our graduates in their next transitions through scholarship support and mentorship, we decided it would be important to hear from one of our Fairy Godmothers to share her experiences as a mentor in the Fairy Godmother Program.

Kayla Brien has a rich history with The Princess Shop. Starting with helping out for the Glass Slipper Benefit, to coordinating the Fairy Godmother Program, to becoming a Fairy Godmother and Board Member...

1)      What made you want to become a Fairy Godmother (mentor)?

Effective mentorship relationships enrich both people. Personally I wanted to dedicate time to getting to know a Princess Graduate, becoming a friend she could trust and to support her in her achieving her goals after graduation. On the flip side, I was also very excited about the prospect of having my eyes opened to new experiences and to learn new things from someone I may have never had the opportunity to engage with. 

2)      Why do you think it is important to mentor women at this stage of their life?

I have been very fortunate to have a strong network of support through the critical time in my life following graduation. This has played a large role in my personal growth knowing that I have champions in my corner ready to encourage me and help me navigate through the obstacles and roadblocks that show up in life. Every woman deserves that same level of support and encouragement, and I was excited about the idea of being able to provide that for a young woman.

3)      What surprised you throughout your experiences being a mentor?

After I hang out with Zoya, I always feel very inspired and uplifted. Although she has endured struggles in her life, she is always upbeat and positive and sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She has changed my outlook on life in a very positive and transformative way.

4)      What are a few key things you've learned by being a mentor?

Listening is so important. When you are actively listening you are establishing trust and respect in the relationship. Being present and engaged in your conversations allows for a person to feel truly heard and that they are valued. 

Have fun! Discover activities you like to do together and try new things! As important as it is to provide solid advice and guidance to a young woman, it is equally as important to share in positive experiences together. 

5)      What do you love most about your mentee?

I feel so fortunate for the friendship that has developed between Zoya and I. I have had the opportunity to participate in some of the most precious milestones of her life since I have met her; I attended her families citizenship ceremony, watched her cross the stage as a university graduate and grow from a shy, soft spoken young lady, to a confident, driven and fierce young women. I love that I have been able to witness this growth and to be part of her journey.

6)      Mentorship is a two-way street, so what benefits have you seen for yourself?

Mentoring allows you to bring out and develop key strengths in each other. I have had the opportunity to support and encourage my Princess Graduate to help her achieve her goals. However, in return, the experience has strengthened my leadership skills and my ability to communicate. My Princess Graduate comes to me to discuss a lot of big decisions in her life and I want to be able to help her make informed and confident decisions.

7)      What advice would you have for anyone looking to become a mentor for the first time?

Determine expectations and needs early on. Ask questions and be actively listening. The Princess Graduate has signed up to be in the program for a reason so take the time to really get to know her and about what peaked her interest in being in the program. It helps strengthen the connection early on and establish trust.

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Thank you, Kayla! Your reflections are so appreciated and Zoya is lucky to have you in her life (and vice versa, as we have learned).

For anyone wishing for a meaningful mentorship experience, please apply as soon as you can and we would love to match you up! 


Not every mentorship match really has to match like Kayla and Zoya, but they sure make it fun! Here is a picture of Kayla supporting Zoya at our annual BBQ where Zoya won a scholarship! Photo by Joi Photography

A New Record: Three Scholarships Raised at Glass Slipper Benefit for the First Time Ever

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 9, 2018 11:06

What an amazing evening! On Thursday, April 5, The Princess Shop celebrated our 11th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses presented by K+S Potash Canada at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The Glass Slipper Benefit is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the most important nights of the year for our program. This is just one of the reasons why we have such gratitude for our amazing list of sponsors. Without the help of these sponsors, this evening wouldn't be possible. Without further ado, we'd like to take a minute to thank the following: To our title sponsor, K + S Potash Canada, our entertainment sponsor Orano Canada, and to all of our supporting sponsors KPMG, Lazer Autobody, McFaull Consulting, MLT Aikins, and Strata Development... THANK YOU!

The Glass Slipper Benefit had a first in all of the years prior. It came from a dream Executive Director Karen Robson had last summer, to hold a Live Auction Scholarship at the Glass Slipper Benefit... an opportunity for the attendees to create a scholarship for a Princess Graduate who will be attending post-secondary education in the fall. We expected our guests would enjoy the opportunity, but we were taken aback by the generosity in the room. Not only did our guests surpass our expectations with one scholarship, but three women from the audience each committed to scholarships of $3,200, $3,100, and $3,000 - totaling $9,300 in scholarship funds that will go to three Princess Graduates this fall. Dreams do come true at The Princess Shop!

WOW! Our hearts are touched.

A lot of work and donations go into the event, as well. The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 11th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses:

306 Auto spa

A Head of Time
Ambassador Coffee
Aboriginal People's Television Network
Beverly Ashdown
Bills House of Flowers
BioMechanics Personal Training
Black Fox Distillery
Blossoms Living
Bodega Tapas Bar
Breakout Escape Rooms
Breathe Cycle Studio
Bridge City Fitness
Broadway Theatre
Build-A-Bear (Midtown)
CAK.e hair design
Calistaprints
Calories Restaurant
Capelli Salon
Catherine Blackburn Jewelry
Checks 'N' Balances Business Services
Cindy Moleski Photography
Citizen Cafe
Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique
d3h Hotels - Home Inn & Suites
Darren Hill, City Councillor
Delta Bessborough
Dino Box
DJ Conrad Devine
Dragon's Den
Dutch Growers
Eb's Source of Adventure
Edible Arrangements
Ehjae Chan Photography
elizabethLyn Jewelry
Elk Ridge
Ellen's Whole Body Health
Endearment Imagery
Ensoul Imagery
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Fit Prairie Girl
Float Now
Fragment Media Photograpy and Videography
Fresh Living
Gerald Murray Photography
Globe Theatre
Green Tree Beauty
Gregg Bamford - Remax
Grip It Indoor Climbing
Handy Special Events
Hawood Inn
Heavenly Handmade by Kendal
Helen Oro Designs
Hillberg & Berk
Hometown Diner
Hugo Alvarado - Artist
Hunter's Eastview Bowl
Huskie Athletics
Impact Marketing
Infinity Event Planning
Inland Audio Visual
Janella Hamilton
JB Performance Training
John Parry (Rosanna Parry)
Joi Photography
Joy Weave Co
Joyne
Just for You Day Spa/Lia Reese Canada
K+S Potash Canada
Karma Cafe & Conscious Eatery
Kayleigh Cole Designs
Kelly Block, MP Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar
King Me Gamery
KPMG
KR Jewelry
Lauren Ethridge - Artist
Lavish Blowout Bar
Lazer Autobody
LB Distillers
Lead Pilates
Lillian Denton
Limelight Limo
Lucky Little Shoes
M&M Meats
Mandy-Rae Mary Kay Consultant
Mar's Mini Golf
MASALA Model & Talent
Maximum Training
McFaull Consulting
Merle Norman Cosmetics
Michelle Friesen
Michelle Janzen Cakes
Michelle's Flowers
Midtown Plaza
MLT Aikins
Moksha Yoga
Move N Soar
Moxie's Grill and Bar
Naturally Amped
Ness Creek Cultural and Recreational Society
North Ridge Development Corporation
Nosh Eatery & Tap
Novo Esthetics
Om Improvements
Oneiro Designs
Orano Canada
Panago Pizza
Paramount Day Spa
Park Town Hotel
Patricia Katz
Paw Shots
Persephone Theatre
Persephone Theatre
PickNics Catering
Pivotal Point Massage
Pizza Hut (Concorde Food Services)
PR Accounting Services
Prairies North Magazine
Priaire Lilly
Rachael Meckling
Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
Ramada Plaza Regina
Rawlco Radio
Rayacom
Remai Modern
Revamp Salon Company
Riverbend Dental
Rock Paper Scissors Salon
Ryde YXE
Sandbox in the City
Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club Inc.
Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival
Saskatoon Inn
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
SaskPower Community Partnerships & Investment
SaskTel
SaskTel Centre
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Sharai Siemens Photography
Shearwater Cruises - The Prairie Lily
Shelley Novakoski
SheNative Goods
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Saskatoon
SIGA - Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
Social Made Local & T Squared Social
Stan Garchinski
Strata Development
Summit Sports + Health
Sunset Gourmet
Sunshine Events Planner
Tarren Newhouse - Realty Executives
TCU Place
The Better Good
The Centre Mall
The Hollows
The Koda Dance Group & Tim Eashappie
The Mall at Lawson Heights
The Science of Makeup
The Sheraton
Three Farmers
Three Farmers
THRIVE Juice Co.
Tommy Gun's Original Barber
Trail Appliances
Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon
TreeOSix Adventure Parks
Tunnels of Moose Jaw
UNA Pizza
Uniglobe Travel
Urban Vogue Hair
Viahera Canada
WestJet
William Joseph Communications
 
Our event wouldn't have the same impact without the generous donations from organizations like this in our community. We are proud to be located in Saskatoon where the people are as kind as they are generous, and that we can spread this throughout our wonderful province. Thank you to these sponsors, The Princess Shop has helped 890 girls in our community, and this year we will surpass 1,000!
 
Special thanks to Janella Hamilton of CTV Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and to Tim Eashappie and The Koda Dance Group who put on a lively performance at the end of the evening! To our Keynote speakers Chantalle and Erica, you all spoke beautifully about your experiences and challenges and your stories touched our audience greatly, thank you for sharing them with us. 
 
From our community of volunteers and Princesses past, present, and future..... from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Our community thrives because of your generosity.
 
Much Love,
 
 
Karen Robson, Executive Director & The Princess Shop

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Our 10th Graduation Season a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 15, 2017 11:30

"Thank you so much to everyone that helped me make this day truly special for me. When I first found out about the princess shop I never knew it was this amazing ! It was truly a day I will NEVER forget. I felt like a princess for sure and I got so many compliments on my make up hair and especially my gorgeous dress ! Thank you thank you thaaaaank you!" -Dacy, 2017 Princess Graduate

This June, we completed our 10th graduation season providing the Dress Program to 134 female-identified students graduating from school programs from 10 different communities across Saskatchewan.

Since the first graduation season in 2008, we have directly impacted the lives of 890 women on their graduation day! Some of these Princess Graduates have continued with our programs for mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program) and scholarships and skill development workshops (Next Chapter Program). 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting our 10th graduation season:

Diamond Sponsor Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Emerald Sponsor Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Ruby Sponsor Wright Construction Western Inc.

Friends: SIGA, Centennial 360, EY

 

 

Sponsor a Princess Graduate: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Since 2010, we have had 65 mentorship matches in the Fairy Godmother Program! Some of these matches that are in the program today have continued from as far back as 2010.

Through the Next Chapter Program, we have been able to award over $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the amazing sponsors we have had contributing to this program. 

Most of our graduates are grade 12 students, however we honour requests from Grade 8s and post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to ensure that all female-identified students can attend their graduation ceremony and celebration stress-free, and then continue to pursue success in the next chapter!

It is more than a dress – everyone deserves the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and participate fully in their graduation celebration. If you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about The Princess Shop (teacher, student or general supporter), please send them a link to our website!

Photography by: Wanda Keen Photography

Hair by: MC College

Makeup by: Spa Academy

Corsages: Blossoms Living

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How the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon Serves the Community's Greatest Needs

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 6, 2017 16:29

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon's mandate is to "Serve the Community's Greatest Need.” The Princess Shop is honoured to be among the many worthy causes in the city being supported by this volunteer organization. 

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of the Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season, as Diamond Sponsor! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years, and this year we are celebrating our 10th graduation season supporting Saskatchewan’s graduating women in need! With last year’s 127 Princess Graduates, we anticipate another busy year ensuring graduating students in the province have an equivalent graduation experience to their peers!

As a nonprofit group, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon puts on many initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will go directly back into the community. It is important for the greater community to pay attention to these events, because their success is spread across so many initiatives in the community from grassroots sports to cultural events to social impact organizations like The Princess Shop! 

Keep an eye out for these fundraisers put on by the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon:

Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner - Feb 3rd, 2016 (tickets on sale now, here!) - The 57th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner pays tribute to hockey legend Guy Lafleur with special guests Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, and GM of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin.

Kinsmen Home Lotto – Spring and Early Summer

Kinsmen Car Awards – July/August

Aside from fundraisers, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon also creates accessible experiences for the community:

Special Needs Shopping Night – November every year

Special Needs Movie Matinee – Spring and Fall

Kinsmen Day at the Zoo – Late June – Enjoy free access to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm 

Kinsmen Day at the Children’s Discovery MuseumMonthly free admission for all to enjoy one of Saskatoon's newest museums! The next one is on January 22!

Thank you, Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, for your loyal support and commitment to the Saskatoon community, and especially to the Dress Program!

Summer Vacation - The Princess Shop will be closed July 19-25

posted by The Princess Shop    |   July 18, 2016 11:17

With another successful graduation season wrapped up having served 127 Princess Graduates from 11 communities across Saskatchewan on their special day, we are ready to take a much needed holiday! 

We are so excited to begin the 10th year of The Princess Shop's operations! In the meantime, we're going to relax in the sunshine, and enjoy a few days off and have some quality time with loved ones. That is what summer is all about, right?

The Princess Shop will be closed Tuesday, July 19 through Monday, July 25, to resume office hours on Tuesday, July 26 at 9am. If you have a dress donation to make during this time, our donation drop off locations have you covered!

Stonebridge Drop-Off: Modern Sole Saskatoon 150 - 3020 Preston Ave S

Summer Hours: TUES 10am-6pm; WED/THUR 10am-7pm; FRI 10am-6pm; SAT: 10am-3pm
Please note, Modern Sole Saskatoon is closed Sundays and Mondays during the summer.

Kelsey Woodlawn Drop-Off: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal 1202B Quebec Ave (& 33rd St W.) 

Summer Hours: TUES/WED/THUR 11am-6pm; FRI 11am-5pm; SAT 10am-5pm

Lawson Heights/North Drop-Off: Pizza Hut 8-202 Primrose Dr

Hours: 1:30pm-4:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm, 7 days/week

 

We accept donations of current-style formal gowns, shoes, and accessories!


HAPPY SUMMER, and thank you so much for all of the support! 

Love, 

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 24, 2016 16:45

Here at The Princess Shop, we are making our way through our 9th graduation season with 130+ Princess Graduates in our Dress Program! We have seen amazing growth in numbers of women accessing the Dress Program, which lends out the dress and accessories to graduating women in financial and/or social need. Furthering that, for Saskatoon Graduates we can set them up with hair, makeup, photos, limo and corsage (Thanks to these amazing sponsors) to provide the enhanced graduation experience to mark the accomplishment.

Over the past 8 years (this year not included) we have supported 628 women for their graduation day. That means 628 women have attended their graduation feeling proud of their accomplishments, and equivalent to their peers. 628 women who might not have attended their graduation celebration at all, if not provided the opportunity to be a part of The Princess Shop's Dress Program.

That being said, we know a thing or two about graduation days: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Whether you're reading this and you're a graduate, an escort, a parent, friend or a family member of a graduate, this is for YOU! We all want the big day to go smoothly, but we know anything can go wrong. It is our goal for our Princess Graduates to have a stress-free graduation day! Having been a part of so many graduates' big day, and accompanying them to hair, makeup and photography appointments, we have learned a lot about quick fixes, and how to be prepared in case of anything - and we would love to share this with you! 

Here is The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit:

  1. Safety Pins - these are a MUST for the day. They can temporarily fix anything from a shoe strap to a dress strap. They are small and can be thrown in a clutch easily! 
  2. Mini Sewing Kit - these are found at the dollar store and contain needle, different colour threads, mini scissors and a thimble. We love these kits because they are compact and affordable!
  3. Hooks & Eyes - throw a couple of these into the sewing kit. These are important pieces at the top of a zipper to take the stress off fastening the dress.
  4. Tide to Go Pen - a miracle worker for stains!
  5. Baby Wipes - an alternative to the Tide to Go pen. Last year a Princess Graduate got RED lipstick on her WHITE dress... Baby Wipes to the rescue! A nice gentle solution!
  6. Crazy Glue - the dollar store also has mini crazy glue tubes which is amazing. If there is something a safety pin can't fix, then saftey glue is your best bet!
  7. Bandaids - for when those heels start to hurt!
  8. Extra Bobby Pins - in case a piece gently falls out of your amazing updo!
  9. Q-tips - to gently touch up makeup throughout the day
  10. Granola Bar/Protein Bar - this one is important! During big, stressful days we tend to forget to eat or lose our appetite. However, keeping in mind that your energy needs to be sustained through the whole day, from hair and makeup to photos, to walking across the stage to receive the diploma.
If you want to go all out (and if you have the cargo room), you can add these items:
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Mini can of hairspray
  • Ballet flats so you can really hit the D-floor!
  • Fashion Tape (double-sided tape)
  • Mini deodorant stick
Other words of wisdom? Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated; most graduation days take place end of June, which is known to be hot! 
 
Oh, and don't forget your banquet/prom ticket!
 
Happy Graduation Day to all!
 
Much Love,
 

Cameco Corporation back as Diamond Sponsor of the Dress Program

posted by The Princess Shop    |   September 18, 2015 11:21

Cameco's community focus on Youth, Education & Literacy, Health & Wellness, and Community Development provides an excellent fit with our Dress Program. We are so happy to have them back as a Diamond Sponsor of the Dress Program for a third year so we can continue to provide an enhanced graduation experience for disadvantaged women.

Our mission extends beyond the graduation day to supporting these amazing women after high school with a mentorship program (Fairy Godmother Program) and a program that offers scholarships/bursaries, a work placement, and skill development opportunities (Next Chapter Program). At The Princess Shop, we want to encourage learning and development at this very important time of a young woman's life. Having Cameco's support of the Dress Program ensures the opportunity for us to work with Princess Graduates after high school.

Thank you, Cameco!

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